Allen Ginsberg discusses politics, attitude, anxiety, aggression, and nonviolent action. Ginsberg discusses Rainer Maria Rilke with Philip Whalen, reads an improvised poem, asks a student to do the same, then discusses the process. The tape ends with some talk about Naropa's money problems.
Date 1976-08-06 00:00:00Run time 0:34:00Label / Recorded by Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
June 7, 2005
Allen's good and worked up.
-Starts in the middle with talk of self-righteousness and political possibilities. the only way out (attitude of the political practitioner, a politics that takes into account its own aggression, anxiety)
6:30: Can meditation stop genocide?
9: Million Meditator demo- "feeding all that silence into [people's minds]"
10:30: Whalen: languages I read and discussion of Rilke
21: Contemporary Influences: Allen- Trungpa, "I didn't have the courage to get out and swim" Didn't get up on stage to read improved unaccompanied poem until this year, age 50!
22:30ish: Intros and reads his improv-ed list poem (irony?) "Spring Night 4 AM..."
- good Q&A: can you spontaneously compose without the background of discipline? (I think Allen shirks the question myself and I would love to hear more).
25:00 "what does spontaneity free you from?" discussion of bad first effort spontaneous poems "green armpit poetry" or "clouds and flowers"."
29:40: Naropa Money Woes